“If the current uptick in violence is to be reversed, it is important that parents, caseworkers, and educators reach potential criminals during their early teenage years. Derek Schuster and his staff have done so and through this book are now sharing how they have been able to impact at-risk youngsters.”

~ Tom Kean, former Governor of New Jersey and Co-Chairman of the 9-11 Commission


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As you may know, I am the author of the forthcoming book “Youth in Jeopardy: Keeping Kids Out of Trouble.” The book will describe the findings of my 20 years of work in preventing criminal behavior in at-risk teenagers.

Many books have been written about parenting, but almost none have been targeted at parents of children who are at risk of getting into trouble. I would argue that ALL children – – without the proper parenting can get into trouble. So my book provides the methodology which can prevent that from happening. Furthermore, those who write parenting books are usually doing so from their academic perches – – rather than based on experiences in the streets and the homes of at-risk families.

Why My Book is Different

My book offers an alternative to others dealing with juvenile misbehavior. Instead of presenting dry academic studies, YOUTH IN JEOPARDY draws on twenty years of experience in delinquency prevention work in the Bronx and East Harlem. Filled with emotion-laden anecdotes, it delivers what parents, therapists, and teachers nationwide desperately seek: fresh, practical approaches to delinquency prevention for rebellious tweens and teenagers.

Readers may wonder what the need for YOUTH IN JEOPARDY might be at this particular time? The book is designed to address the frustration of Americans who are confronted with daily headlines and blasts of yet another deadly act of violence and who don’t understand the causes and remedies surrounding these tragedies. They may be asked, “Who would do that and why? Are parents and professionals powerless to prevent this onslaught on our population?”

YOUTH IN JEOPARDY  seeks to provide techniques which have been found to be successful in keeping youngsters out of trouble. Many exercises from SCAN-Harbor’s Violence Prevention Curriculum are included, so that parents and professionals will be able to use them with youngsters without “reinventing the wheel.”

Practical Techniques, Humorous Anecdotes

Highlighted in YOUTH IN JEOPARDY are a description of the factors which contribute to teenagers being at-risk of delinquent behavior – – and approaches to reducing the risk. Humorous and sometimes bizarre anecdotes will be included. One memorable example concerns “Truant Thomas,” who hid his shoes so that I wouldn’t be able to walk him to school.

As Associate Executive Director and Program Director at SCAN-Harbor, I am uniquely qualified to author this work. Even as an administrator, I’ve always maintained a personal caseload. My prevention and early intervention efforts – – and those of others in the program – – have reduced the arrests and re-arrests of many hundreds of youngsters. I’m also a former teacher and the father of six children, ranging in age from sixteen to adulthood.

If you are in a position to assist me in finding a literary agent and/or a publisher, please contact me at (917) 921-3053 or Dschuster@SCAN-Harbor.org


Youth in Jeopardy: Keeping Kids Out of Trouble


Introduction: How the Author Discovered East Harlem and the South Bronx

Chapter I. The Problems Underlying Youth Crime and Violence

Chapter II.Who are Today’s Teenagers and What Do They Need?

Chapter III. The Many Risk Factors Teenagers Face

Chapter IV. Some Ways to Keep Kids Out of Trouble

Chapter V.How a Delinquency Prevention Program Can Address the Risk Factors

Chapter VI. Addressing Risk Factors Related to Mental Health

Chapter VII.Addressing Risk Factors Related to Emotional Health

Chapter VIII. Addressing Risk Factors Related to Family and Home

Chapter IX. Addressing Risk Factors Related to Teen Behaviors

Chapter X.The Over-Riding Importance of Parents

Chapter XI.   Crafting a Crisis-Oriented Delinquency Prevention Program

Chapter XII.Preventing Delinquent Behavior in Our Schools

Chapter XIII. The Impact of Positive and Negative Peer Pressure

Chapter XIV. Additional Delinquency Prevention Initiatives

Chapter XV.Managing the Usage of Electronic Devices by Teenagers

Chapter XVI. The Special Challenges of Keeping Girls Out Of Trouble

Conclusion: Summary of Delinquency Prevention Techniques to Be Found in This Book